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PC Minutes 10th June 2008

 WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm. on Tuesday 10th June 2008.

Present: Sam Knill Jones, Kevin Bradshaw, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Christine Gale, Frances Fergus, Kevin Bentley, John Jowers and four members of the public

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Jane Banks, Robert Davidson, Peter Crowe

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed by the vice chairman

Borough Councillor: Householders along the Salcott to Peldon Rose road have all had a notification letter advising them of the proposed highway safety and maintenance works. Salcott Street cannot be included in the scheme but pot holes will be dealt with efficiently.

Pressure will be applied on CBC for the Bellwood caravan inhabitant to be prosecuted for the appeal decision to be upheld. BT have sent a notification about their intention to remove certain telephone boxes that are not used sufficiently. Letters will be written to express disapproval. The date for CBC Planning Committee to discuss the reservoir planning application has yet to be decided. Verge cutting in our area needs doing badly – this will be chased up.

County Councillor: Help was given for funding our road improvement scheme for which we are very grateful. There are to be several new nuclear power stations built over the next few years. NATS proposed changes to airspace involves a stacking area over Dengie. This is for a city airport therefore none at night but will be noisy and pollutant. We will also write to suggest it is moved out a few miles over the sea. The capital grant fund comes from selling property over the years and there is a substantial amount for all the parish councils to bid for. Several other matters were explained such as County Planning, abolishment of the Regional Assembly, etc.

Items for Discussion

  1. Peldon Hall frontage – a site visit was carried out with a great deal of assistance and explanation from Robert Kean to whom we expressed our thanks. All in attendance now know the details of the land in question. Any decisions to be made are postponed to next month when more Peldon councillors will be present.
  2. NATS Terminal Control North – Proposed Changes to Airspace – see above (County Councillor)
  3. Local Development Framework Site Allocations – Mark Edgerley, CBC Planning Policy Officer has explained that no decisions have been made at this time but we will contact Karen Syrett, CBC Spatial Policy Manager, to ask when it is a good time to make any reply, whether it be to add suggested sites or express our disproval of any already suggested. At our next meeting we will discuss the suggested Peldon sites.
  4. NHS new GP-led health centre – the proposal is for all, including the Drop-in Centre, to be at Turner Road just along from the General Hospital. We will write to say we agree with the proposal but adding that we hope the good service of the present Drop-in Centre is continued.
  5. Grant suggestions for this year’s funds – an application form is being prepared for works to Salcott Village Hall. There was a suggestion for a fence to be erected along the boundary of the creek on the meadow at Salcott. This will be discussed by the Salcott councillors, possibly on site.
  6. Salcott meadow gateway – widening would enable large equipment to be brought on the meadow for work such as rolling to help with dips and holes. Phil proposed, Lynne seconded and all agreed to help Salcott Village Hall Management Committee by giving them £200 from our S137 fund. An estimate of materials was presented.
  7. Salcott notice boards – need new perspex fronts. Terry will get estimates or if under £50 will just go ahead with the work.
  8. Insurance – an increase of public liability to £10 million was proposed by Lynne, seconded by Kevin and all agreed, and accepting Sparklers offer to pay half of the increased premium. We will increase the Sparklers part of the premium as well to accommodate a larger number in attendance to the event plus hand held fireworks. There are other matters that need attention with regard to this, ie. clarification letters, safety check, etc. and will follow in due course.
  9. Communications Committee – have produced an annual report for a special edition of the Peldon and Wigboroughs Parish Magazine that will be delivered to all the households within our parish council including Salcott and Virley.  A questionnaire will be given to all our parish councillors to determine who would benefit from any computer training which will be organised at a later date.
  10. Update on Salcott to Peldon Rose highways works – see above (Borough Councillor)
  11. Overgrown hedges – letters will be sent to householders of offending hedges
  12. Peldon Play Area – following our annual inspection the swings frame needs attention. Lappset, the manufacturers, will be contacted but meanwhile the swings will be removed for safety.
  13. Rural Community Council of Essex – Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed to continue with our membership for the next year at a cost of £55.

Planning:

080974  Proposal: Demolition of existing non-listed dilapidated outbuildings, barns and garage within the cartilage of a listed building. Construction of numerous additions at Moulsham Manor, St Stephens Lane, Great Wigborough

080969  Proposal: Conservatory to rear (resubmission of 080409) at Broad Marsh, Salcott

Notice of Planning Decision:

080678  Proposal: Change of use from agricultural land to garden forming part of Rose Barn and widening of former agricultural access at Rose Barn, Colchester Road, Peldon  –  Permission Refused

The next meeting will be at Salcott Village Hall on Tuesday 8th July 08 at 7.30pm.

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PC Minutes 13th May 2008

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Salcott Village Hall at 7.30pm. on Tuesday 13th May 2008.

The Annual Parish Assembly

Present: Frances Fergus, Jane Banks, Christine Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Kevin Bradshaw, Nicky Ellis, Robert Davidson, Kevin Bentley, PC Ian Lewis and five members of the public.

Apologies for absence: Sam Knill Jones, Peter Crowe

Public comments: The notice board at Salcott needs new glass which will be on the agenda for next month for attention.

Neighbourhood Action Panels need more advertising. They usually meet once a month. PC Lewis is the chairman of the Birch and Winstree group and so will address this problem. NAPS can be found on the police website: www.essex.police.uk then Your Area.

The Kings Head junction in Great Wigborough has poor visibility as the hedge and weeds

need trimming back. We will ask the owner of the property there to do this.

Enquiries were made about any progress on our campaign for improvements on the Salcott to Peldon Rose road. It was explained that members of the parish council met with members of ECC Highways Dept. and a full and lengthy programme was shown to us and we have confirmation, just today, that this will take place in this financial year. We have yet to receive a programme of events with regard to this but will make it known to all when we have it. The improvements will include such things as resurfacing, white lines, bend signs, and much more. A speed limit all along is not possible at this time as this is under review county wide but they (ECC Highways) will keep it in mind.

Kevin Bentley has asked for Salcott Street to be included with the resurfacing.

We should all have our clear sacks by the end of this month. If you don’t receive yours please ring Kevin. Abberton Reservoir planning meeting is still to be arranged. Peter Crowe is becoming Mayor for Colchester tomorrow (14th May).

PC Ian Lewis is from Tiptree Police and covers Salcott, Virley and Great Wigborough. Last year there were 3 crimes in Salcott, one of which was taken to court, and one crime in Great Wigborough.  Speeding is a problem everywhere and we urged PC Lewis to help us get our training for use of a speed gun.

Parish Council AGM

Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for Robert to continue as chairman for the next year. Robert proposed, Phil seconded and all greed for Jinny to continue as vice chairman for the next year. Phil proposed, Robert seconded and all agreed for Sue to be financial and responsible officer for the next year.

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed by the chairman

Chairman’s report was to thank all those that had helped and worked for us during the year. Also the many achievements we have made, meetings attended, training undertaken, liaising with other organisations, planning matters, site meetings for required works, continuing lobbying people for things like road safety, and keeping up to date with requirements for parish councils with regard to the Code of Conduct, Emergency Plan and Standing Orders. Lastly, thanks were given to the small band of the public for attending our meetings on a regular basis and giving a valuable input.

Financial report was proposed by Phil, seconded by Jinny and all agreed to accept as a true and correct record of the parish council’s finances for the last year 07/08 and was signed by the chairman. Many thanks were expressed to Steve Copeland again for carrying out our internal audit (at no charge) which is a requirement before the finances are sent to an external auditor. It was agreed to buy Steve a gift to show our appreciation for his sterling work.

Items for Discussion

  1. Fire works at Peldon and insurance – we will increase our insurance to cover a bigger number of people coming to this event and hand held fireworks which Sparklers will pay for. Next meeting we will decide if more public liability cover is a good idea depending on the increase of premium.
  2. Colchester Association of Local Councils – it would appear that certain matters of importance are fed through this body and we are apt to miss things if we are not members. Therefore, Jinny proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for us to join. Attendance of the meetings will alternate between us.
  3. Village Design Statement and/or Parish Plan – the meeting to discuss taking one or other of these further was not well attended. There will be a stall at the Peldon Festival and contact will be made for any interest with other local organisations.
  4. Communications Committee – has met a couple of times and certain aspects are in discussion. A website is thought likely with the 3 committee members operating this between them.
  5. Annual Report – we will be doing this in the future to let every household know exactly what we have been doing during the year. Details have to be ironed out as to how we go about this but probably in corporation with the Peldon/Wigboroughs magazine that will have one ‘gold’ issue a year that will go free to every household in our entire parish.
  6. Levelling of Salcott meadow has yet to be done as the entrance to the meadow is too narrow for the required machinery. Salcott Village Hall Management Committee are keen to widen the gateway and next month we will discuss contributing towards the cost of this. 
  7. Playgrounds Annual Reports completed and our monthly inspection men have a copy of what maintenance is required for each playground and it was agreed that they can carry out the necessary work in due course. 
  8. Local Development Framework Site Allocations – sites are still being gathered or submitted so this is early days yet for discussion and consultation.
  9. Salcott to Peldon Rose road scheme update was discussed earlier in the meeting, see public comments above. 

Planning:

080886  Proposal: Construction of additional bedroom over existing garage. Cladding of ground floor utility room at Woodlands, Church Road, Peldon

Notice of Planning Decisions:

080409  Proposal: Conservatory at rear at Broad Marsh, The Street, Salcott – Permission Refused

080505  Resubmission of reserved matters application for demolition of bungalow and petrol station and erection of 5no. houses and private garage at Peldon Garage went before CBC Planning Committee on 24th April 08.

080443  Proposal: One and a half storey side extension living room and bedroom at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott  –  Permission Refused

080505  Proposal: Resubmission of reserved matters application for demolition of bungalow and petrol station and erection of 5no. houses and private garages at Peldon Garage, Lower Road, Peldon  –  Approve the Reserved Matters

080679  Proposal: Change of use from residential annex to studio, extension of studio at The Annexe, 2 Brick Cottages, Peldon Road, Little Wigborough  –  Permission Granted

The next meeting will be at Peldon Village Hall on Tuesday 10th June 08 at 7.30pm.

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PC Minutes 8th April 2008

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm.on Tuesday 8th April 2008.

Present: Jane Banks, Frances Fergus, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Kevin Bradshaw, Kevin Bentley, Peter Crowe and 3 members of public

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Robert Davidson, Sam Knill Jones

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed by the vice chairman

Borough Councillors: A meeting will be held to discuss our joint condition demands with all surrounding parish councils with regard to the Abberton Reservoir expansion planning application when it is brought before the CBC Planning Committee, where we are requesting a one only application session on that occasion.

The deadline for Bellwood to submit an appeal is in May, later than was previously thought. After this date pressure will be applied for immediate action.

 Public – Have Your Say: Pot holes are a constant issue and a website was given to us – www.fixmystreet.com for reporting pot holes and following the outcome.  Alternatively ring 01206 838600 for ECC Highways Department.

It was brought to our attention that quite a few people put their rubbish out on the wrong day or the night before collection and some put out the wrong type of rubbish for that week. Also they are not making sure it is secure so with winds and animals about there is rubbish strewn and blowing everywhere.  We are extremely lucky in that we have a volunteer who litter picks for Peldon Village but that is an impossible task if people are inconsiderate with their own refuse bags. We have details from people’s rubbish that were found in the street recently so if they offend again we may take further action. We are very grateful to Archie for his hard work in trying to keep the village tidy.

Declarations of Interests: None.

  1. Abberton Reservoir planning application meetings – our proposed response was discussed at length and is being finalized ensuring that we include everything.
  2. Adoption of Changes to Standing Order 60 – Phil proposed, Jane seconded and all agreed to adopt the changes which will take effect from our next meeting. 
  3. The Way We Work – Update on the Parish Council Training Session – a DVD  on a light hearted set up of a parish council meeting with many errors to observe was watched by all. We have learned various points from it which we will carry out but still allowing public contribution during a meeting, as this can be to our advantage with certain knowledge of situations, but at the chairman’s discretion.

We await new guidelines on the process of handling complaints.

Our Communications Committee has yet to meet.

  1. Grant money – more ideas were talked about but none that would meet the criteria for this scheme. But it was brought to our attention that the meadow at Salcott needs maintenance because it is uneven in places so the cost of top soil will be looked sort.
  2. Salcott to Peldon Road Scheme – ECC Highways Officers, Borough and County Councillors and representatives from our Parish Council attended a meeting at ECC Highways offices. We were shown a comprehensive plan to improve safety on this road and told that implementation of this would take place all this year or spread over two years depending on budget approval. We will receive confirmation very shortly. We would like to thank all our Borough Councillors and our County Councillor for their continued support and help with our campaign for this. Also we would like to thank the public who have reported accidents to us enabling us to keep an up to date log to support our case for these improvements.
  3. Peldon Church green cutting – Phil proposed, Lynne seconded and all agreed for Terry Hedger to do this again for us this next year.
  4. NALC legal information with regard to Sparklers will be on next month’s agenda when everybody has had a chance to read it.

 

Planning:

080505  Proposal: Resubmission of reserved matters application for demolition of bungalow and petrol station and erection of 5no.houses and private garages at Peldon Garage, Lower Road, Peldon

An enforcement report concerning unauthorized works at Rose Barn, Colchester Road, Peldon was to be considered by the Planning Committee 27th March 08.

080676  Proposal: General purpose steel portal frame building at Brooklyn Farm, Great Wigborough

080678  Proposal: Change of use from agricultural land to garden forming part of Rose Barn at Rose Barn, Colchester Road, Peldon

080679  Proposal: Change of use from residential annex to studio, extension of studio at The Annexe, 2 Brick Cottages, Peldon Road, Little Wigborough

 

CBC Black and clear sack delivery will be on Friday 9th May 08 for all our villages.      For more details see notice boards or recycling@colchester.gov.uk

 

CBC Local Development Framework on ‘site allocations options and issues options report’ concerning land that could be allocated for development will be on next month’s agenda for discussion.

 

 

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